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Mr Soenke Biermann

Current Appointment: Casual Academic Arts & Social Sc Lismore
Organisational Unit: School of Arts & Social Sciences - Lismore

Telephone: (02) 6620 3936
Facsimile: (02) 6622 1683
Email: soenke.biermann@scu.edu.au
Location: B1.10
Campus: Lismore

Soenke Biermann grew up in northern Germany where he worked as an environmental educator, before migrating to Australia in 2001. After some travelling, he found a new home in the Northern Rivers region on the far north coast of NSW. Soenke is currently a PhD candidate and casual academic staff member in the School of Arts and Social Sciences, Southern Cross University. He is an enthusiastic and passionate teacher in a number of first-year cultural studies and history units in the BA.

Soenke┐s research is trans-disciplinary in scope, dipping in and out of cultural studies, education, history and indigenous studies. In his current PhD research, he is exploring decolonising pedagogies and their power to bring about intellectual, social and environmental transformation. Soenke has presented his research at various conferences, contributed a chapter to an edited book and published a number of peer-reviewed journal articles. He has also co-authored papers and co-presented at conferences with staff from SCU┐s Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples.

Soenke has a strong interest in cultural diversity and student equity. To this end, he has initiated, chaired and been a member of various staff/student committees organising multicultural and Indigenous events. Together with a team of colleagues in the humanities, Soenke has also been involved in a number of higher education equity support programs (HEESP), including coordinating the highly successful ┐Thinking Diversity ┐ Beyond Tolerance┐ project in 2007. In recognition of the ongoing positive impact of their work, the team received a Vice-Chancellor┐s Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning in 2008.

Soenke holds a Bachelor of Indigenous Studies from SCU and in 2008 completed his BA Honours thesis which explored the possibilities of engaging Indigenous pedagogies to effect educational change for all people. He is passionate about working together in, and for, a diverse, just and sustainable society. Soenke lives in and around Lismore with his partner and their two young children.


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